Ok, the experiment panned out (at least this week). Because I am a big guy, I get the max WW points--44. I also get 35 points per week extra. This is 308+35 or 343 total for the week. (I'm moving to a weekly food tracking concept rather than daily.) I had 393.5 points this week. This is an average of 56 points a day, but as a practical matter, I had a couple of 39 point days and a couple of 70+ point days (70 is a lot, but amazingly, not that hard to do, especially if you're traveling and eating the standard American diet).
Drum roll--down 1.4 for the week, for a total of 33.8 pounds, give or take. I don't know what I'll do this week, but I definitely think eating more didn't hurt me. It might have helped. I think I'll stick to an average of at least 53 points a day, and see how it goes.
The thing to remember is that it's not a race. This is hard for me. I want it all gone NOW, because I want to look great and wear cool clothes NOW. Seriously.
The tools on the Fat2Fit Radio site (at right) are pretty useful in calculating caloric needs, etc. Those guys are two men who have struggled with weight issues for a long time, have lost a lot of weight, and have kept it off. They aren't selling a plan. They have this concept that to be the thin person you want to be, you have to act like a thin person. They think most people trying to lose weight don't eat enough. I've been trying to keep my focus on eating now like I plan (and want) to eat forever. So far so good. In fact, it was really really hard for me to eat significantly more this week (85 points more!) than last week. I don't want to mess up. I don't want to backslide. I could not bring myself to eat a cinnamon roll (a huge weakness for me), even though I wanted to eat more and had the capacity. Even when they were free at the hotel. Seriously. I might have changed something. That or my insanity has dovetailed into the life I want to live.
I'll take it.
And I'll take the 1.4.